A Media Empire Loses Its King. What Now?

Even before 2015, when Condé Nast changed his title from chairman to chairman emeritus, Mr. Newhouse had stepped away from daily operations at his company. His last major decision was to relocate Condé Nast from its headquarters in Midtown Manhattan to 23 floors at One World Trade, a move that was completed in 2014.


“His death is very sad and reminds us all about the heritage and the values and what we stand for,” said Jonathan Newhouse, a cousin of S.I. Newhouse and the executive in charge of Condé Nast’s international titles.

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In the immediate wake of his death, it appeared unlikely that much would change at Condé Nast. Several executives and editors interviewed on Sunday said that, because Mr. Newhouse had not been involved in the business for more than four years, there was no immediate power vacuum.

Steven O. Newhouse, the chairman of the digital arm of Condé Nast’s parent company, Advance Publications, said Mr. Newhouse’s death would have “no real impact” on the magazine publisher.

“Si has been sick for quite a while, and a long enough time so that we’ve all gotten past the point of operating with him,” said Steven Newhouse, 60, a nephew of the late chairman.

The family, he said, had not considered selling the company and had no plans to do so.

Jonathan Newhouse, 65, who runs Condé Nast’s international titles and is a cousin of the late chairman, was similarly adamant that the company would continue to operate as it had for the last several years.

“His death is very sad and reminds us all about the heritage and the values and what we stand for,” he said in an interview from London. “But in practical terms, it doesn’t make a difference in what the company is doing, because he wasn’t involved in the business.”

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